Romero made three 3-pointers in each half.
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Release: 01/28/2013
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RIVERSIDE --- After scoring a combined 105 points the past two games, California Baptist University found its offensive touch Monday night.

And Anthony Romero played a huge role in that.

Keyed by a career-high 24 points from Romero, a season-best 12 3-pointers, a 45-17 rebounding advantage and 55.6 percent shooting from the floor, the Lancers rolled past Holy Names for a convincing 87-56 wire-to-wire victory in the Van Dyne Gym.

"Anthony has been playing really well lately," said Collins. "I haven't wanted to mess with our lineup, but he was playing so well I had to start him in the second half, and I think for at least tonight, it was the right decision."

Behind Romero's sharp-shooting, the Lancers outscored the Hawks 47-28 in the second half, including 44-20 over the final 17 minutes.

The win snaps a mild two-game losing skid as the Lancers improve to 10-6 overall, 4-4 PacWest.

The Hawks fall to 4-14, 1-9.

Romero hit three 3-pointers in each half and had 11 of his points in the first half to help the Lancers build a 12-point halftime advantage. The Lancers never trailed and led by as many as 34 in the final minutes. Romero finished 8 for 11 from the floor for his first double-digit scoring game since scoring 13 against Dakota Wesleyan Dec. 29, 2012.

"I got into a rhythm early and my teammates just kept finding me when I was open," said Romero, who scored in double figures in each of the first three games. "This is big for us, especially momentum wise. Coach wanted us to do a better job sharing the ball, and I thought we did that really well."

Anthony Cosentino finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Kyle Wong chipped in with 10 points and four assists. Andrew Fisk, Ivan Patterson and Kevin Crabb all had eight points. Crabb had a game-high nine rebounds.

The Lancers had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Hawks had total rebounds (17). Every Lancer grabbed at least one rebound.

After falling behind by 14 in the first half, Holy Names got within 43-36 early in the second, but a lay-up by Luke Evans, followed by a Romero 3-pointer, a Cosentino lay-up and a Wong 3-pointer, all in 60 seconds, pushed the lead from 48-38 to 58-38 in a flash, putting the game out of reach.

"I thought our defense changed the game, because it led to nice plays in the open court, especially in the second half," said Collins. "We turned our defense into offense."

The Hawks got no closer than 18 the rest of the night.

The Lancers led 13-10 and used an 18-8 run, keyed by four 3-pointers, two from Romero and one each from Cosentino and Wong, to open a 31-18 lead with 6:31 to play. Romero's third triple gave the Lancers a 38-24 lead and they carried a 40-28 lead into the locker room.

CBU shot 35 for 63 from the floor and was a season-best 12 for 22 from beyond the arc. The Hawks shot just 38.9 percent (21 for 54) from the floor. CBU held a 42-20 advantage in the paint and 19-9 margin in second-chance points.

"They were scrambling all night trying to figure out how to attack our defense and they never could figure it out," said Collins. "I was real proud of our effort tonight."


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